Tuesday, January 22, 2013
What's on Your Nightstand: After the holidays catch-up edition!
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train is an imagined look into the daily life of Britian's Queen Elizabeth II. If you enjoy Royal watching, this one is not to be missed. Light and fun.
An Irish Country Wedding. Also from this series I read and enjoyed the story of Fingal's medical school years titled A Dublin Student Doctor.
Sadly, I had to throw back another volume of the series backstory, An Irish Country Girl. This book was just awful. It read like a "Ghosts of Old...." pamphlet found in a tourist trap. I felt embarrassed for poor Mrs. Kincaid to be demeaned in this way. Finally, I also loved An Irish Country Christmas. Such a great series apart from the one unfortunate volume.
After my total disappointment with The Lacuna, I was reluctant to return to the world of Barbara Kingsolver. In the end I caved and tried Flight Behavior. While there are many, many excellent phrases and one marvelous little bit of local dialog (interview with a green-life pledge taker) this book failed more than it succeeded. It DID show how empowering work, earning and income and education can actually be for someone whose life has been defined by crushing poverty and lack of opportunities as well as by bad choices made at a young age, but then it segues into Kingsolver's becoming-habitual preaching (see "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It IS much, much better than Lucana which I found stupefyingly dull, but Kingsolver seems to have let success go to her head. She preaches and delivers stereotypical characters now instead of the brilliance of Poisonwood Bible (one of the best novels ever written) and Bean Trees or even not-up-to-brilliant-but-still-memorable Prodigal Summer.
Finally, I read another installment of the "Miss Read" series--Village Dieary. These are pleasant and I'm enjoying them slowly, but I'm not desperate to hear more of the story.
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